Join in the caring and sharing next week

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Caring and sharing go hand in hand during the holiday season, and one local group is hoping to extend its compassionate touch just a little bit further in 2005.

Carlisle Cares and Shares is gearing up for its 15th annual community Christmas drive, which collects food items, gifts and cash donations by hitting the streets in late November for the Flamborough Food Bank, Inasmuch House, which serves abused women and children, Wesley Urban Ministries, which provides food and clothing to the needy and the Salvation Army, which also offers food and clothing to the less fortunate.

"We have always donated to those four charities," noted Marilyn Hay, who has been a part of the group since it started back in 1990 and is now one of the drive's organizers.

"They basically cover everything."

The initial Carlisle Cares and Shares routes included several subdivision neighbourhoods, as well as homes along Progreston Road. "But the volunteers who covered Progreston moved away," noted Hay. "I'd like to cover that area again, but I really do need extra people."

Now that the drive has been up and running for a few years, with some 30 volunteers hitting the streets in the Flamborough Hills, Riverwalk, Fox Run, Tuckaway and Applewood areas, Hay says that the community actually anticipates their arrival each fall.

"The money is a little tighter now, but everybody feels it's worth it," she said. "When we come to the door, they say, 'I'm so glad you do this.' People even leave a box on the porch outside if they're not going to be home or can't come to the door."

The holiday gift and food drive will be held this year on November 26. Canvassers meet at the Carlisle United Church around 9:30 a.m. After getting organized over a cup of hot chocolate, they start their routes at 10 a.m.

Items on the group's wish list include non-perishable food items, such as canned meat, fish, soups and stews, packaged goods, such as pasta and cereal, jars of peanut butter, jams, jellies and honey, coffee and tea and Christmas treats. Those who donate gifts are asked to provide new items only, and that they are left unwrapped. Appropriate presents include baby toys, dolls, cars, coloring and drawing supplies for children, CDs, perfumes, sports equipment and clothing items for teens, toiletries, soaps, personal care items, cosmetics, socks, coffee mugs and scarves for adults.

Those who wish to provide financial donations, which are welcome at any of the four centres, are reminded to make their cheques payable to the charity they wish to support. Tax receipts will be issued by the receiving agency.

Carlisle Cares and Shares has become a traditional kickoff to the Christmas season, and Hay hopes that by getting the word out, more residents will jump on board.

"Anybody who comes out, we can always find a job for them," she laughed.

Those who wish to volunteer for this year's Carlisle holiday drive can contact Hay at 905-689-8429, or Helen McClymont at 905-689-5981.

Join in the caring and sharing next week

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Caring and sharing go hand in hand during the holiday season, and one local group is hoping to extend its compassionate touch just a little bit further in 2005.

Carlisle Cares and Shares is gearing up for its 15th annual community Christmas drive, which collects food items, gifts and cash donations by hitting the streets in late November for the Flamborough Food Bank, Inasmuch House, which serves abused women and children, Wesley Urban Ministries, which provides food and clothing to the needy and the Salvation Army, which also offers food and clothing to the less fortunate.

"We have always donated to those four charities," noted Marilyn Hay, who has been a part of the group since it started back in 1990 and is now one of the drive's organizers.

"They basically cover everything."

The initial Carlisle Cares and Shares routes included several subdivision neighbourhoods, as well as homes along Progreston Road. "But the volunteers who covered Progreston moved away," noted Hay. "I'd like to cover that area again, but I really do need extra people."

Now that the drive has been up and running for a few years, with some 30 volunteers hitting the streets in the Flamborough Hills, Riverwalk, Fox Run, Tuckaway and Applewood areas, Hay says that the community actually anticipates their arrival each fall.

"The money is a little tighter now, but everybody feels it's worth it," she said. "When we come to the door, they say, 'I'm so glad you do this.' People even leave a box on the porch outside if they're not going to be home or can't come to the door."

The holiday gift and food drive will be held this year on November 26. Canvassers meet at the Carlisle United Church around 9:30 a.m. After getting organized over a cup of hot chocolate, they start their routes at 10 a.m.

Items on the group's wish list include non-perishable food items, such as canned meat, fish, soups and stews, packaged goods, such as pasta and cereal, jars of peanut butter, jams, jellies and honey, coffee and tea and Christmas treats. Those who donate gifts are asked to provide new items only, and that they are left unwrapped. Appropriate presents include baby toys, dolls, cars, coloring and drawing supplies for children, CDs, perfumes, sports equipment and clothing items for teens, toiletries, soaps, personal care items, cosmetics, socks, coffee mugs and scarves for adults.

Those who wish to provide financial donations, which are welcome at any of the four centres, are reminded to make their cheques payable to the charity they wish to support. Tax receipts will be issued by the receiving agency.

Carlisle Cares and Shares has become a traditional kickoff to the Christmas season, and Hay hopes that by getting the word out, more residents will jump on board.

"Anybody who comes out, we can always find a job for them," she laughed.

Those who wish to volunteer for this year's Carlisle holiday drive can contact Hay at 905-689-8429, or Helen McClymont at 905-689-5981.

Join in the caring and sharing next week

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Caring and sharing go hand in hand during the holiday season, and one local group is hoping to extend its compassionate touch just a little bit further in 2005.

Carlisle Cares and Shares is gearing up for its 15th annual community Christmas drive, which collects food items, gifts and cash donations by hitting the streets in late November for the Flamborough Food Bank, Inasmuch House, which serves abused women and children, Wesley Urban Ministries, which provides food and clothing to the needy and the Salvation Army, which also offers food and clothing to the less fortunate.

"We have always donated to those four charities," noted Marilyn Hay, who has been a part of the group since it started back in 1990 and is now one of the drive's organizers.

"They basically cover everything."

The initial Carlisle Cares and Shares routes included several subdivision neighbourhoods, as well as homes along Progreston Road. "But the volunteers who covered Progreston moved away," noted Hay. "I'd like to cover that area again, but I really do need extra people."

Now that the drive has been up and running for a few years, with some 30 volunteers hitting the streets in the Flamborough Hills, Riverwalk, Fox Run, Tuckaway and Applewood areas, Hay says that the community actually anticipates their arrival each fall.

"The money is a little tighter now, but everybody feels it's worth it," she said. "When we come to the door, they say, 'I'm so glad you do this.' People even leave a box on the porch outside if they're not going to be home or can't come to the door."

The holiday gift and food drive will be held this year on November 26. Canvassers meet at the Carlisle United Church around 9:30 a.m. After getting organized over a cup of hot chocolate, they start their routes at 10 a.m.

Items on the group's wish list include non-perishable food items, such as canned meat, fish, soups and stews, packaged goods, such as pasta and cereal, jars of peanut butter, jams, jellies and honey, coffee and tea and Christmas treats. Those who donate gifts are asked to provide new items only, and that they are left unwrapped. Appropriate presents include baby toys, dolls, cars, coloring and drawing supplies for children, CDs, perfumes, sports equipment and clothing items for teens, toiletries, soaps, personal care items, cosmetics, socks, coffee mugs and scarves for adults.

Those who wish to provide financial donations, which are welcome at any of the four centres, are reminded to make their cheques payable to the charity they wish to support. Tax receipts will be issued by the receiving agency.

Carlisle Cares and Shares has become a traditional kickoff to the Christmas season, and Hay hopes that by getting the word out, more residents will jump on board.

"Anybody who comes out, we can always find a job for them," she laughed.

Those who wish to volunteer for this year's Carlisle holiday drive can contact Hay at 905-689-8429, or Helen McClymont at 905-689-5981.